by Michael Baldwin Published: January 3, 2012

“This was a tough loss but we'll get better from it,” said point guard Sam Grooms. “Credit Missouri. They played really well. They made a lot of shots. We didn't give it our best effort and didn't play to the level we're capable of. We have to go back to the woodshed and get better.”

Missouri's win was the most lopsided in the series in 210 games dating back to a 66-22 Tigers win in 1922.

“They're very willing passers and have a lot of confidence in one another,” Kruger said. “They seem to be comfortable in their roles. Frank has them playing great. Their confidence is really high. We didn't damage that tonight.”

Missouri led wire to wire, jumping out to a 7-0 lead. The Sooners closed to within 20-16 on a Fitzgerald jumper but trailed 43-25 at halftime.

The loss wasn't surprising. It might be one of the most difficult games on the schedule. Few teams, if any, will win at Mizzou Arena. But to be thoroughly dominated from the start was a shock for a team that's talked about being an NCAA Tournament contender.

“I knew it was going to be a tough challenge to come in here but to not offer any more resistance certainly was surprising,” Kruger said. “Our guys have done a pretty good job of battling most of the season. We didn't (battle) tonight...

“There aren't any shortcuts. We have to get back to work. We just weren't very aggressive. They knocked us on our heels and we didn't respond very well.”

by Michael Baldwin
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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